My Visit to the Naturopath and Why You Need to Go, Too

Do you feel rushed when you go to the doctor? Do you wonder if he or she is really listening to you? Are you tired of being handed a prescription and sent on your way? Are you frustrated by doctors who just want to treat the symptom and aren’t interested in discovering the root of the problem?

Why You Need to See a Naturopath

If you have answered yes to these questions, you should consider seeing a naturopathic doctor. What is a naturopathic doctor, you ask? As defined by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), naturopathic medicine is a “distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.” Naturopaths believe in:

  • The Healing Power of Nature
  • Identifying and and Treating the Causes
  • First Do No Harm
  • Doctor as Teacher
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • Prevention

Why wouldn’t other doctors subscribe to these principles, too? Because doctors are highly specialized and only educated in their specialty. Because the insurance companies tell them they can only spend X amount of time with each patient. Because the government and the drug companies have brainwashed everyone on “better living through pharmaceuticals.”

Last Tuesday, I had a consultation with Sharon Hrichak, ND (the “h” is silent). I have had many ailments that I have struggled with for most of my life. I often blog on my migraine issues. I’ve been to both neurologists, allergists, and gynecologists (for hormonal migraines). No luck.  I also have chronic constipation. A gastroenterologist gave me a prescription for something that cost $100 even with my insurance, recommended Miralax every day for the rest of my life, and sent me on my way.

But, Sharon listened.

Sharon had me fill out a form where I checked everything that ailed me and to what extent. So do doctors. But, Sharon actually read it.

She identified that most of my ailments, down to my dry skin, signaled a weak thyroid and liver. I have been suggesting thyroid to doctors since the beginning of time, but since basic thyroid tests were at normal levels, nothing else was done. There are better tests they could’ve run, but never did (read more about these tests at Whole New Mom). She would ask questions and I would say “YES!” It was as if she was in my head!

Sharon recommended some herbal supplements to get me on my way. They were very reasonably priced through her website. So far, no headaches and my bowels are starting to move! (Sorry for the TMI!) This is after less than a week on the supplements, so I am encouraged for the future!

Sharon’s office is located in Yorktown, Virginia, but she offers consultations over the phone. I recommend that you contact her no matter where you live. Her office fees are very affordable. She also offers Compass Bio-Survey, personalized nutritional supplement programs, wellness education, detox footbaths, light touch therapy, and weight loss programs. Contact Sharon today at (757) 898-1443 or You’ll be glad you did!


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11 thoughts on “My Visit to the Naturopath and Why You Need to Go, Too

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thank you. I’m so thankful we have people like Sharon in the community who take the time to listen and find out the root cause of a health problem.

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  2. awesomelyoz

    I’ve tried it and was seeing one in Arlington but it became costly and honestly wasn’t working although, it was only 6 months so can’t say for sure. My sleep disorder is one that kicks my arse everyday but maybe in the future I can go back. It’s definitely proven effective for several other ailments though! Have a great one Lisa! -Iva

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for your comment! I hope you can find relief for your sleep disorder. My husband has trouble sleeping and has considered seeing Sharon to see if she can help.

  3. Coleen Patrick

    I’ve been thinking a lot about trying alternative medicine. One of the things that bothers me about a lot of the drs I see, is how they offer medicine even when they don’t have answers. Before I was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy, I had one neuro offer me fibromyalgia meds. When i asked him if that’s what I had he said no. Thanks for the information!

  4. Heather Cordasco

    I also visit a naturopath. She is right here in Williamsburg and her name is Kim McCormack. She has helped me a lot…. in fact, I think it is time for an appointment.

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